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Socrates award: Ballon d’Or organizers said Wednesday they are adding a humanitarian award to this year’s ceremony named after Socrates on…

The Socrates Prize: Ballon d’Or organizers said Wednesday they are adding a humanitarian prize to this year’s ceremony named after Socrates, the elegant Brazilian midfielder who also had a medical degree. “The Socrates prize will identify the best social initiative by committed champions,” said a statement from France Football magazine, which awards the Ballon d’Or. Follow InsideSport.IN for football latest updates

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Socrates Award: Ballon d’Or add humanitarian award to official award list, name it after Brazilian legend Socrates to promote ‘best social initiative’ – Check out

These initiatives will include those that promote social inclusion, protection of the environment or assistance to groups that are disadvantaged, threatened or victims of conflict.

France Football said they chose Socrates, who died in 2011 aged 57, because of his involvement in a campaign he helped organize at his club Corinthians in Sao Paulo while Brazil was under a military dictatorship called “Corinthian Democracy”.

While warned to stop meddling in political affairs, the players got away with impunity because of their high profile and because they focused only on introducing democracy to their club, insisting that there be a vote on decisions about , how the club was run.

Socrates Award: Ballon d’Or add humanitarian award to official award list, name it after Brazilian legend Socrates to promote ‘best social initiative’ – Check out

The prize will be awarded by a jury that includes former Brazil and Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Rai, who is Socrates’ younger brother, as well as representatives of France Football and leaders of the Monaco-based Peace and Sport organisation.

“Socrates always believed in the power of sport to mobilize and transform society to make it more equal.” Rai said in a statement. “He demonstrated this as a player through his fight for the re-democratization of Brazil.

“Eleven years after his death, he remains the symbol of the champion committed to a more just world.”

The Ballon d’Or gala will be held in Paris on October 17.

Socrates Award: Ballon d’Or add humanitarian award to official award list, name it after Brazilian legend Socrates to promote ‘best social initiative’ – Check out

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